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Person-Centered Planning Goals

Person-centered planning is about finding out what’s important to and for a person with a disability and making sure they get to make decisions about their education, their job, or where they live.  

Person-centered planning starts with discovering what’s important TO you. The most important thing to you could be something like: 

  • Being comfortable
  • Learning new things
  • Keeping everything the same
  • Visiting new places
  • Having privacy
  • Going to worship services

Person-centered planning is also about discovering what’s important FOR you. The most important thing for you might be: 

  • Staying healthy
  • Being safe
  • Having enough money

Person-centered planning starts with listening to you and respecting what you say. In person-centered planning, someone will ask you questions like: 

  • What are your goals?
  • What's important to you?
  • What are you good at?
  • What are your dreams for the future?
  • Do you like where you work? Where do you want to work?
  • Do you like where you live? Where do you want to live?

Some people with disabilities may want help answering these questions and making decisions. That’s okay! A family member, friend, or guardian can help. 

If you don’t know what’s most important to you or for you yet, that’s okay, too! Part of person-centered planning is learning about what’s out there. You might get to visit different places to see how other people live. Then you can decide what’s right for you.

Once they listen to you about what’s important, the people helping you find ways to make it happen. You get to decide! Because you know what works best for you. 

Person-centered planning is one focus of the Minnesota Olmstead Plan goals. Person-centered planning means that people with disabilities can decide for themselves where to live, learn, work, and conduct their lives.

Olmstead Subcabinet Agencies responsible for the Person-Centered Planning goals

  • Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
  • Department of Education (MDE)
  • Department of Administration (ADM)

The graph below shows the State's progress on the Person-Centered Planning goal.

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